Avery’s Donut Birthday Party

Saturday we celebrated Avery’s 4th birthday with family and friends. This year when I asked him what theme he wanted for his party, I was expecting some Disney character or sports theme like he requested in the past. So, when Avery shouted,  “I want a Donut Birthday Party!!”, I was excited and confused but not that surprised either. I know that makes no sense, right? It wasn’t what I expected him to choose since it was sort of out of the box, but the kid LOVES donuts and I have to admit, I was thinking to myself, “this could be fun for me to plan!” We had the party at 11am and I got away with providing just donuts, fruit, milk & coffee as opposed to the entire spread of food and cake/cupcakes like his first 3 parties. As much as I like doing the food part I have to say it was SO AWESOME not having to come up with a meal and do food prep for 35 people! We ordered 7 dozen donuts from Festival Foods and let Taste of Scandinavia do all the work! Well…other than those few donuts that I added blue drizzle to 😉 Here is details of the party in photos. Enjoy! photo 1

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I had my very creative friend, Jenny Bettendorf, design this awesome poster for the party! I gave her some ideas of what I wanted and she ran with it. I could not be more pleased with it!

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We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

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I could not believe that Avery and his girlfriend from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I could not believe that Avery and his “girlfriend” from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery's hot mess.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery’s hot mess.

Donut Craft!

Donut Craft!

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party favor table

party favor table

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These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 
Here’s the card I created using Pic Monkey

Mom and Avery had a little fun at home the other day taking pictures for a Valentine card to mail out to immediate family. On a side note, I should have marked my calendar the one time that Avery muttered the words, “I love you more than donuts”…I mean that’s pretty questionable 🙂 Here’s to love and donuts! XOXO

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Here's the card I created using Pic Monkey

Here’s the card I created using Pic Monkey

 

Avery in the leaves

Yesterday I took some pictures with my phone of Avery in my parent’s backyard.  It’s been a tradition every fall and we kept it going this year, Avery’s FOURTH fall!  A majority of the leaves have now fallen off the trees and the blanket of autumn colors is stunning! I LOVE their backyard this time of year.  The pictures would be a lot more “professional” and perhaps the bite marks on Avery’s chin (rolling my eyes) would be photo shopped off if our family photographer, Shannon Peckels, had taken them. However, the leaves were on the ground and it was spur of the moment. Maybe sometime my hubby will buy me a real camera. 😉 fall 1 fall 2 fall 3 fall 4 fall 5 fall 7 fall 8 fall 9 fall 10

Love this one :)

Love this one 🙂

We like to take pictures in Grandma & Grandpa’s yard every fall. Here is a peek of his very 1st fall in 2010…

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Making Memories

If you’re like me you have some sort of memories that come to mind when you think of your Grandparents that are unique to your relationship with them. Something special you did together, some where you went, a certain game you always played, a favorite meal or dessert. For me it’s playing Sequence, Grandma’s Roast Beef, going to the “frozen yogurt place”, watching the Cubs, the smell of Christmas ham, sleepovers, M&M’s from Grandpa, the word “nifty”, Montgomery Wards, eating cherry pie at midnight…you get the drift. I can go on for days.

Anyways, the point I’m trying to make here, is these things are priceless. I would rather have the memories that I made with my 4 Grandparents, than all the money in the world. I feel tremendously blessed that my son, Avery, has already at the age of 3 1/2 started to form these kind of repetitive memories with each one of his Grandparents. Fishing & claw machine winnings with Papa Mike , Playing bongo drum, the “belly belly belly” game & the Copper Dome Restaurant with Grammy Sue, going to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market & trail walks with Grandma & Grandpa just to name a few.

Ever since Avery was a newborn infant my Mom has taken him on walks when I’m at work. She teaches him about birds, insects, flowers and all things nature. It’s more than just a walk, it’s developed into a “treasure hunt” and he even sometimes brings something to collect things on the trail. He went from riding in the stroller all bundled up with his “binky” to today’s walk on which he rode his bike.

My Mom goes on a long trail walk every day & Avery and I asked to join her today because my husband had two softball games. Shortly after we started walking my Dad called to ask where we were on the trail. He had driven over to where we park to see if my Mom’s car was there and saw both of our cars.  So, he huffed & puffed to catch up with us, which wasn’t too hard because Avery kept stalling to collect “treasures”.

It was a beautiful evening and there were little hints of fall popping up everywhere! I’m still shocked that Avery road his bike the whole FOUR MILES other than the last 1/4 mile or so that Grandpa carried Avery and I carried the bike. I’m convinced he would have kept riding longer except it had gotten dark and riding you bike in the dark woods doesn’t appeal to this scared-of-the-dark 3 yr. old.

My hope is that Avery never gets too old or too cool to go on trail walks with Grandma & Grandpa 🙂

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Good Morning, Pancake!

On Tuesdays I usually make Avery pancakes before bringing him to daycare at 10. If he’s lucky, I sometimes add chocolate chips to them. (His FAVORITE) It’s my late day at work so it’s nice to spend the morning together before heading out since we won’t see each other for very long after work and before bedtime.  Often times, its’ the 3 of us on Tuesday morning but today it was just Avery & I.

I already knew I was going to make him chocolate chips pancakes so I started pulling ingredients out and seeing what I had for fruit to go along with the pancakes. Then, this happened…

banana, strawberries and the beloved chocolate chips

banana, strawberries and the beloved chocolate chips

Avery was upstairs finishing a cartoon so he was unaware what I was up to.

Avery was upstairs finishing a cartoon so he was unaware what I was up to.

I have seen a similar pancake face using blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Avery would say that's pancake blasphemy.

I have seen a similar pancake face using blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Avery would say that’s pancake blasphemy.

Surprise!

Surprise!

I can already tell that when Avery starts going to school, I’m going to be the crazy Mom who makes things out of his lunch sometimes. I can see it now.  He sits down with his friends, opens his lunch box in anticipation to see what’s in it and it’s like the world freezes and you can hear crickets. “What!? My sandwich looks like an owl!”